Many of us participate in spring-cleaning activities at home but when it comes to our offices/work stations, it often gets overlooked. Bryan Danville, Professional Development Specialist, offers the following advice about organizing our work space to increase productivity, focus, and overall enthusiasm for our work.
Individualize Your Workspace: One of the best strategies to increase your focus and productivity is to individualize your workspace. Decorating our workspaces/desks with items that motivate us can support us in our overall productivity. It is important to note that the items we bring into our workspace have a purpose and are not just there to clutter our offices.
Make a Clean Slate: Uncluttering our desk is critical in increasing our productivity. First find a filing system that works for you. Next get rid of nonessentials from your desk such as knick-knacks, old food containers, and receipts you forgot to submit.
Recycle & Renew: Grab your shredder if you need to, it is time to get rid of some of your paper waste! Go through your files/papers and determine what can recycled and what needs to be kept.
Limit Distractions: Distractions are everywhere in the workplace and sometimes it can be difficult to avoid all of them. Find ways to get rid of distractions on your desk especially when you have a project or task you need to focus on.
Give technology A Much Needed Reboot: The last tip for spring-cleaning your workspace/office is to give all of your technology resources a much needed reboot! When is the last time you turned off your computer or phone? This can help your programs to reset, delete cookies that have built up, and for updates to occur. Also delete any files on your desktop that may be slowing down your software on your computer from running and organize your filing system on your computer. Look at other technology devices like phones, tablets, or music playing devices and clean them out so they can run at their best capacity.
I hope that sharing this information will inspire you to tidy up your office! Happy Spring!
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